Man shot multiple times in downtown Lexington

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Police are searching for a gunman wanted for a shooting that sent one person to the hospital early Friday.

The shooting happened while surrounding bars were packed at Mill and Short Streets around 1 a.m.

Police arrived to find a man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in a parking lot on Short Street.

Police say he had been shot three times.

The man, who was visiting Lexington from Georgia on business, was taken to U.K. Hospital and was rushed into surgery.

He is listed in serious condition.

Police continue to investigate what could have led to the shooting.

"Anytime you have large groups of people who gather and then alcohol is involved, you never know. We don't know if they were living in the apartments around here or what caused this," said Lt. Edward Hart with Lexington Police.

Police are reviewing surveillance video from nearby businesses to try to identify the suspect.

Witnesses tell police that the suspect ran from parking lot down Skillman Alley.

Police also believe he could have left in a vehicle.

A member of the National Guard, who wants to remain anonymous, used his military expertise to help the shooting victim before paramedics arrived.

"I did what anybody else would do. Seeing a person in need and at least checking it out."

A few other people also stepped in to help the man.

"He was shot in the abdomen and was bleeding in the foot as well. So I took his shoes off and put pressure on those both of those wounds. I had a friend call 911."

As they waited for help in the downtown Lexington parking lot, this good Samaritan tried to keep the gunshot victim alert. The victim told him that he was robbed before being shot.

Even with eleven years of military experience, this man says nothing can prepare you for seeing this kind of violence here in Lexington, "I saw some things. It's never going to be the same as seeing it right here in your hometown. Just an innocent guy that came out to have a good time and somebody took advantage of that situation."

The victim told the man helping him that he is married and has two children.

Police are asking for help from the public to find the shooting suspect that is still at large. Witnesses tell police that the shooter was a black man, about six foot tall, with a skinny build. He was last seen wearing a blue, button-down shirt and khakis.

For some working in the downtown area, the shooting was a concern.

Rachel Bongard, who works across the street from the parking lot where the shooting happened, said she couldn't believe that would happen.

"I'm shocked, but it makes me glad I have pepper spray because I work here every night and I park around the block and I walk home at midnight."

The police say they were already scheduled to have more officers around the bars and restaurants because of college students returning to Lexington, but say now it's even more important to be seen and give peace of mind to people working and visiting downtown.

"We've seen car break-ins recently, and the shooting last night, so there are a few things that we have heard people are concerned about and that's why we're having this prescence because we want people to know we are out there looking for this activity. If we see anything we at going to be on top of it," said Sherelle Roberts of the Lexington Police Department.

We contacted several bars and restaurants along Short Street and even Cheapside, nearby, and they all declined to comment on camera. However, each place did say they aren't too worried about a shooting happening nearby and expect this weekend to go according to plan.

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